A genetic disorder that hampers the functioning of your overall motor and muscle skills is known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The most common signs of this problem starts off with muscle weakness that is followed with trouble maintaining good posture, using your muscles for controlled movements and there is also pain and swelling. Breathing problems also follow suit.
HOW IS SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY DIAGNOSED?
An orthopaedic would do the diagnosis based on the symptoms. Tests conducted here include prenatal testing, Preimplantation testing, Routine screening and also carrier testing.
HOW IS SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY TREATED?
Treatment for this issue includes providing the patient with mobility support along with doing regular exercises and therapy. You would be given forms of physiotherapy and occupational therapy and respiratory care to. Diet changes are highly recommended here. Counselling helps in coping with the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Genetic counseling is recommended for people with a family history of spinal muscular atrophy who want to have children.